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Players’ show is a biting ’70s drama

The cast of Brackley Players' production of Abigail's Party. From the left, Scott Saffrey, Amanda Howson, Pete Milne, Lisa Saffrey and Sue Arthurs. PNL-141105-000804009

The cast of Brackley Players' production of Abigail's Party. From the left, Scott Saffrey, Amanda Howson, Pete Milne, Lisa Saffrey and Sue Arthurs. PNL-141105-000804009

The Brackley Players have chosen Mike Leigh’s classic 1970s drama Abigail’s Party as their next production.

First performed at London’s Hampstead Theatre in 1977, Abigail’s Party, the bitingly satirical expose of ‘70s suburbia was recorded as a Play For Today for BBC TV later the same year.

Beverly and Laurence have invited their neighbours Angie and Tony round for a carefree evening of drinks and nibbles.

When another neighbour, Susan, arrives, whose 15-year-old daughter Abigail is having her first ever teenage party next door, the evening develops into a situation no-one could possibly have anticipated.

A strong cast is headed by Sue Arthurs as the ghastly Beverly, played in the original version by Alison Steadman, with Scott Saffrey as her long-suffering husband. Lisa Saffrey and Pete Milne play the neighbours Angie and Tony and Amanda Howson portrays the worried mother, Susan.

Directed by Jim Howson, the show is at Southfield School, Banbury Road, Brackley at 7.30pm on Thursday and Friday, May 29 and 30, and at 2.30pm on Saturday, May 31.

Tickets £8 and £6 from Davies and Partners, Market Place, Brackley, or call 01280 702867 or 01280 701501.

 

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